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exodus floods Musina Refugee Centre
Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
September 02, 2013
The chief patron
at the Musina Refugee Centre in South Africa has reported a fresh
wave of arrivals from Zimbabwe following the disputed
July 31st elections, adding to the thousands there from across
Africa who flee conflicts back home.
According to The Zimbabwean
newspaper, the centre’s patron Pastor Simon said the increase
was in the number of Zimbabweans “claiming to be victimised
for voting for the MDC-T.
The paper said this centre,
located 15km from the border post, currently has more than 8,000
Zimbabweans. Pastor Simon said most of them are sleeping in the
open and the centre “cannot cope” with the influx.
“Very few of them
are wounded but a lot seem to be traumatised and we have to arrange
counselling for them,” Pastor Simon is quoted as saying.
president of the Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), told SW Radio Africa that
many people have started leaving the country again since the disputed
elections because there is no hope in a ZANU PF government.
“So many people
were hopeful that an MDC-T government was going to come into power
and others had even come back home from outside the country hoping
to stay. But people have lost hope,” Zhou explained.
He added that it is dangerous
to try and cross the border into South Africa, but it is even more
dangerous to stay in Zimbabwe “under a rogue ZANU PF government
that uses patronage and violence”.
Zhou said unfortunately,
the so-called greener pastures that many seek elsewhere “have
turned brown” and there are very few opportunities for a better
Despite claiming to have
won a landslide victory over the MDC-T and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai,
ZANU PF has waged a retribution campaign against those who supported
the party in any way during the elections.
Illegal evictions, assaults
and intimidation have been reported countrywide by those who stood
as candidates, served as polling agents or helped campaign for the
MDC-T. Innocent civilians accused of voting for the party have also
been targeted, with the police taking no action against known ZANU
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